#24 – Make a Floral Arrangement

I am hosting the Yacht Clubs’ Ladies Luncheon this month and decided to make a floral arrangement to celebrate fall and to add decoration to the table of treats. Fall is my favorite time of year for the colors, the cool mornings and the sunny afternoons.

When I make flower arrangements, there is nothing I enjoy more then going for a walk specifically to find natural things that can be used to add interest to the arrangement. “Salal” grows wild along many of the trails I walk and is a great filler. So are twigs, leafy branches and dried ferns.  I always go to the local Thrift store to find the vases I use and without fail found a red rectangular vase for .99¢. Perfect!

Getting Started

My finds to start creating

I love creating with my hands and I think if I were to find a part time job it would be in a florist shop.

Finished Arrangement

Finished arrangement

Side View

Side view


#51 – DIY Project “Dresser Facelift”

I have owned this dresser as long as I can remember growing up. It has followed me to university and back and then in more then 8 moves once married. My son used it while he was at university. It has been sitting in the storage room and looking pretty shabby so I decided to give it a facelift.




Before painting, I fixed the loose drawers, used wood filler to fill in the chipped wood and gave it a rough sanding. I used two coats of Van Gogh “Mascara” chalk paint. Stressed it to reveal some of the original white paint and then applied the Van Gogh “French Caffeine” Beeswax Finish. It’s now ready for more moves!



#14 – Sewing


I found my sewing machine tucked at the back of the storage room. I started to sew but quickly realized the settings were all wrong and stitching completely messed up. It’s been ages since I’ve used it. I hesitated about getting it fixed. It’s pretty old and I was wondering if a new machine would be more cost effective. To my luck, I was out only $30 and told it was in great shape and sturdy. I bought my machine in 1978 when I lived in St. Andrews N.B. by the Sea. Not much to do there after the tourist leave in September. I took sewing lessons and made shirts for my then boyfriend, who is now my husband.

Now that it’s fixed, it works like a charm. I wasn’t about to make shirts or sew “Haute Couture”, so I made 3 pillows for the living room. I wanted to liven things up and pleased I found funky material. I hope you agree.

I only had to sew straight lines. What could go wrong? Well for one my eyesight is not as good as it used to be and somehow I managed to sew through the zipper. The zipper wouldn’t close so I had to go back and remove all those small stiches with that pointy tool remover. It broke. I studied how a zipper was put in on another pillow, found some glasses and started again.

After a few hours, the first pillow was done. The next 2 went much quicker. It was a full afternoon and a typical day of sewing. Threads scattered throughout the house, ironing board blocking the hallway, scissors and pins on the floor, measuring tape un-expectantly cut in two. And why can’t I seem to throw out the cut-outs instead of putting them back in the original purchase bag?


Speaking of “Haute Couture”, part of our “Home-Ec” classes in grade 7 was sewing. The girls did that while the boys did mechanics. I decided to sew a 2-piece bathing suit. Not a bikini, that would have been too easy – 4 triangles, not much to that. My teacher had warned me the 2-piece bathing suit was probably a bit too ambitious. But I had already found the perfect soft, red and white, candy stripe, terry cloth material. I sewed a bra and panties into the top and bottoms. It looked great on the hanger. I learned not so much in the water.

I couldn’t wait to show off to my friends. I wish they hadn’t all been there because when I jumped in and then stood up, the terry cloth material absorbed more water then expected. The top was around my belly button, bra intact and the bottoms around my knees, panties intact. I crawled out of the water with this soggy mess of material hanging off my body and a stream of water trailing behind me! I should have left the bathing suit on the hanger or maybe should have asked to join mechanics.